WARSAW: Antonio Rudiger’s brave late header earned Real Madrid a draw against Shakhtar Donetsk and took last year’s winners into the Champions League last 16.
Oleksandr Zubkov’s header had given Shakhtar the lead in Warsaw where the Ukrainian side are hosting all their Group F matches. Rudiger then levelled five minutes into stoppage time from Toni Kroos’ cross.
Madrid now sit top of the group on 10 points, four clear of second-placed RB Leipzig who won won 2-0 at Celtic while Shakhtar slipped down to third in the group.
Rudiger’s bravery when scoring saw him leave the pitch covered in blood after colliding heavily with Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin.
The draw ensured Real maintained their unbeaten start to the season prior to Sunday’s El Clasico against Barcelona at the Bernabeu.
Celtic’s hopes of Champions League progress are over after their profligacy was punished in a frustrating home defeat by RB Leipzig.
Matt O’Riley and Greg Taylor struck the woodwork in quick succession and Daizen Maeda and Kyogo Furuhashi also passed up glaring chances for the opener.
Leipzig showed the ruthless edge Celtic lacked with late goals from Timo Werner and substitute Emil Forsberg. It leaves the Scottish champions bottom with one point from four games.
But while a top-two finish is now beyond Celtic, their hopes of salvaging a Europa League place were boosted by Real Madrid’s late equaliser away to Shakhtar Donetsk, who are now four points ahead in third and visit Glasgow in a fortnight.
Celtic’s group-stage failings were encapsulated in a dizzying sequence midway through the first half. O’Riley rattled the base of a post with a 20-yard strike and Taylor pounced on the loose ball only to scuff it on to the bar with the goal at his mercy.
Seconds later, Kyogo grazed the woodwork with a gilt-edged header from Sead Haksabanovic’s delivery.
Maeda had set the tone of frustration in the opening seconds, scooping an awkward header inches over, and wasteful finishing is ultimately what has condemned Celtic to an exit with two games to spare.
They were eventually undone by a slick Leipzig outfit that had found Joe Hart in imposing form. The Celtic goalkeeper, who gifted a goal in last week’s defeat in Germany, stuck out a leg to brilliantly divert Christopher Nkunku’s powerful drive past a post then spread himself to foil Willi Orban.
Celtic looked increasingly ragged as the second half swung from end to end and the only surprise was how long it took for a goal to arrive. Leipzig full-back Mohamed Simakan blazed over at one end, Maeda volleyed Aaron Mooy’s cross wide at the other.
But Leipzig’s growing menace was rewarded when Werner guided a header from Andre Silva’s drilled cross into the bottom corner.
Still Celtic had chances, with substitute Giorgos Giakoumakis unable to convert from close range.
But Leipzig put the result beyond doubt when Werner rolled a pass to Forsberg, who took a touch then sent an unerring finish into the top corner.